Patents Assigned to FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
  • Patent number: 10989798
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system includes a processor that is programmed to operate the system in a normal operating state and two or more lesser power states. The processor lowers the operating power state to a lesser power state upon detecting one or more operating conditions such as no tissue been imaged in a predetermined time limit or that the imaging system or transducer has not been moved in a time limit. Upon awakening from a power off state, the processor implements a lesser power state before operating at the normal operating state to avoid undue power use until the transducer is positioned to image tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Assignees: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC., FUJIFILM CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiro Imai, Richard Hippe
  • Patent number: 10932749
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system includes a processor programmed to generate an anatomy image and a number of needle frames at different transmit beam angles. The system analyzes the data in the needle frames and selects segments therein that are identified as likely representing an interventional instrument. Data from one or more needle frames are blended with the data for the anatomy image of the tissue to create a composite image of the tissue and the interventional instrument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Kerem Karadayi
  • Patent number: 10918361
    Abstract: Systems and methods of transmitting heat out a medical imaging device are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a medical imaging device includes a housing having electronics and a heat sink. The heat sink is positioned near a first end of the housing, a groove that is configured to receive at least a portion of an operator's hand is positioned at a second end of the housing. A heat pipe in the housing extends from the electronics toward the first end of the housing and is configured to transfer heat produced by the electronics toward the heat sink and away from the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Pinch, Carl Fabian, Brent Chauvin
  • Patent number: 10908270
    Abstract: An ultrasound imaging system includes a thermally conductive frame and a number of electronic components and a display that are sealed within the frame. The frame further includes a plenum extending through the frame with surfaces that are thermally coupled to the electronic components and the display. An active cooling mechanism, such as one or more fans, moves air through the plenum to remove heat generated by the electronic components and display. The plenum is environmentally sealed so that moisture, dust, air or other contaminants drawn into the plenum do not contact the sealed electronic components and display in the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Rahul Gupta
  • Patent number: 10898167
    Abstract: Portable ultrasound systems and associated devices and methods for managing power in such systems are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method for conserving power in a portable ultrasound system includes disabling one or more first amplifiers and/or at least one or more first analog to digital converters (ADCs) upon initiation of a first pulse repetition interval (PRI). The method further includes, upon initiation of a second PRI, enabling the one or more first amplifiers and/or the one or more of the first ADCs and disabling one or more second amplifiers of and/or one or more second ADCs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Todd Willsie
  • Patent number: 10863973
    Abstract: A portable medical device, such as an ultrasound imaging system, is configured to connect to a stand, and transfer heat from the device to the stand. The device includes a heat-generating source, a hot plate that is thermally coupled to the heat-generating source, and a barrier plate that is biased away from the hot plate and moveable between a first position, wherein the device is not docked to the stand, and a second position, wherein the device is docked to the stand. In the first position, the barrier plate is not in thermally conductive contact with the hot plate, and in the second position, the barrier plate is in thermally conductive contact with the hot plate. When moved from the first position to the second position, a cold plate on the stand pushes the barrier plate into the second position such that heat generated by the imaging system is transferred through the barrier plate to the hot plate and into a cold plate of the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Pinch
  • Patent number: 10863971
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are disclosed herein for controlling an ultrasound machine using one or more touchless inputs. In one embodiment, the method for controlling operation of the ultrasound machine comprises obtaining one or more touchless inputs; determining one or more operations to control the ultrasound machine based on the one or more touchless inputs and machine state of the ultrasound machine; and controlling the ultrasound machine using the one or more operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Davinder S. Dhatt
  • Patent number: 10838050
    Abstract: Ultrasound imaging systems including transducer probes having wireless tags, and associated systems and methods, are described herein. For example, the wireless tags can store supplemental data about the transducer probes, and the ultrasound system can include a base unit configured to wirelessly communicate with nearby ones of the wireless tags to receive the supplemental data. The base unit can be further configured to display the transducer probes that are nearby. In some embodiments, the operator can filter or sort the displayed nearby transducer probes based on the supplemental data to identify a particular one of the nearby transducer devices that has one or more desired attributes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: John Kook, Jon Battershell, Jason Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10802547
    Abstract: Apparatuses and associated methods for mounting PCBs and other electronics boards in portable medical equipment and/or other portable and non-portable electronic devices are disclosed herein. In some embodiments, the technology disclosed herein can provide PCB mounting systems that isolate the PCB from detrimental shock, vibration, and/or strain, while also providing electrical ground paths that greatly reduce EMI and other electrical disturbances. Some embodiments of the mounting systems described herein include both elastomeric (e.g., rubber) components and resilient metallic grounding members that, when assembled together, provide favorable shock mounting as well as robust electrical grounding without the inconvenience of using separate shock mounts, grounding straps, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Ken Dickenson
  • Patent number: 10792016
    Abstract: Enhanced ultrasound imaging apparatus and associated methods of work flow are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a method of ultrasound scanning includes receiving a first dataset representing ultrasonic scanning of a target anatomy of a patient in a two-dimensional mode and generating a two-dimensional ultrasound image of the scanned target anatomy based on the received first dataset. The method also includes accepting a definition of at least one of a sagittal plane, a transverse plane, and a coronal plane on the displayed two-dimensional ultrasound image. Thereafter, a second dataset representing ultrasonic scanning of the target anatomy in a three-dimensional mode is received and an ultrasound image at the coronal plane of the target anatomy is generated based on (1) the three-dimensional scanning and (2) the accepted definition of at least one of the sagittal plane, the transverse plane, and the coronal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc.
    Inventors: Qinglin Ma, Nikolaos Pagoulatos, Dave Glenn Willis
  • Publication number: 20200282427
    Abstract: A dual frequency ultrasound transducer includes a high frequency ultrasound array and a low frequency transducer positioned behind or proximal to the high frequency ultrasound array. In one embodiment, a dampening material is positioned between a rear surface of the high frequency array and the a front surface of the low frequency array. The dampening preferably is high absorbing of signals at the frequency of the high frequency array but passes signals at the frequency of the low frequency transducer with little attenuation. In additional, or alternatively, the low frequency can angled with respect to the plane of the high frequency transducer to reduce inter-stack multipath reflections. Beamforming delays compensate for the differences in physical distances between the elements of the low frequency transducer and the plane of the high frequency transducer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2020
    Publication date: September 10, 2020
    Applicant: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: Nicholas Christopher Chaggares, Guofeng Pang, Desmond Hirson
  • Patent number: 10770058
    Abstract: Matching layers configured for use with ultrasound transducers are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a transducer stack can include a capacitive micromachined ultrasound transducer (CMUT), an acoustic lens, and a matching layer therebetween. The matching layer can be made from a compliant material (e.g. an elastomer and/or an liquid) and configured for use with CMUTs. The matching layer can include a bottom surface overlying a top surface of the transducer and a top surface underlying a bottom surface of the lens.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Li, Paul Dunham, Chak-Yoon Aw, N. Chris Chaggares
  • Patent number: 10716542
    Abstract: Ultrasound transducer assemblies and associated systems and method are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an ultrasound transducer assembly includes at least one matching layer overlies a transducer layer. A plurality of kerfs extends at least into the matching layer. In some aspects, the kerfs are at least partially filled with a filler material that includes microballoons and/or microspheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: Wei Li, Gregg Frey, Simon Hsu
  • Patent number: D898922
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Sonosite, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Nally, Craig Chamberlain, Ben Dekock, Tyler Dawson
  • Patent number: D900865
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: David Knapp, Abhijit Das
  • Patent number: D901019
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Nally, Craig Chamberlain
  • Patent number: D904427
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Rothwell
  • Patent number: D904428
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Rothwell
  • Patent number: D904429
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventor: Jason Rothwell
  • Patent number: D912252
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: FUJIFILM SONOSITE, INC.
    Inventors: Patrick Nally, Craig Chamberlain, Ben Dekock, Tyler Dawson